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Paintbox Yarns – colour combination ideas

It’s been a while since I’ve taken some time out to have a play with colours; often it involves me putting a whole bundle of yarn on our bed and organising them into colours that I think work well. It’s such a fun thing to do, even if there’s no purpose, it’s just fun. Disclaimer: I have to work hard not to just throw myself into all the gorgeous colours, stop whatever else it is I need to do and make something immediately with all the colours. I digress!

When LoveKnitting sent me a bundle of newly-launched Paintbox Yarns I knew it was the perfect opportunity to have a play. Paintbox Yarns launched with 60 shades in four lines, DK, aran, chunky and cotton. In this post I’ve focused on the DK collection, but note there are a couple of exceptions.

So, without further ado, here are some ideas for how you could combine Paintbox Yarn shades.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


1. Dark Aubergine, Pansy Purple, Dusty Lilac, Pale Lilac and Paper White. I’ve changed my mind about purple; while it used to be a colour I wasn’t hugely inspired by, since making these purple flowers I’ve had a change of heart. The contrast of the darker shade versus light brings a cosy warmth to it that works really well. I could see these five shades being made into a gorgeous stripy cardigan, or jumper, for a little girl.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


2. Soft Fudge, Melon Sorbet (chunky), Mustard Yellow, Pistachio Green and Paper White. These collective colours spring to mind a meadow for me; you’ve got the harvest light brown, with the Pistachio Green and, to bring it all together, the sunshine warmth from the Melon Sorbet (chunky) and Mustard Yellow shades. I think this could make for a super cosy blanket for that autumn cuddles on the sofa or spring picnic.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


3. Coffee Bean, Midnight Blue, Red Wine, Sky Blue and Pure Black. I’m going to call this primary colour madness – and I say that with a smile on my face. The Midnight Blue and Red Wine shades really caught my eye, so I’ve teamed them up with the Coffee Bean and Pure Black to bring it to life. I’ve then added the Sky Blue to soften the colour combinations. I could see these colours being used in a make for a little boy.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


4. Slate Grey, Seafoam Blue, Mustard Yellow, Bright Peach (aran) and Banana Cream. Moving on from primary colours, I feel like this is an alternative version with a softer palette. The Slate Grey and Seafoam Blue looks great together and teaming it up with the Mustard Yellow looks great to me. Looking at this again, since photographing it, I think this has more work to be done to get the right combo but there’s definitely something great to work from. What do you think?


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


5. Stormy Grey, Blush Pink, Pistachio Green, Peach Orange and Banana Cream (chunky). I feel like this is the most feminine of colour collections in this post, what do you think? I built it from the Peach Orange and Banana Cream shades and then muted it with the Stormy Grey, Blush Pink and Pistachio Green to create a soft, spring time feel. I would love to make this into a blanket or similar; the Blush Pink and Pistachio Green especially warm my heart.

What do you think? Any standout colour schemes that catch your eye?

This is just the tip of the iceberg, so definitely go and check out Paintbox Yarns; I feel like there were hundreds more colour combinations I could’ve chosen so I may well be back soon with more ideas!

Thanks for reading, and do let me know if you have a favourite.

Leanne x

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A selection of Paintbox Yarns’ range was sent to me by LoveKnitting, but all opinions and excitement about yarn are my own.

Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve shared some yarn peg colour inspiration and so, with my best friends baby due next month, I thought I’d share with you some baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn‘s Special DK collection. I love playing with different colours and it was great fun to sit in the garden last week and put together different combinations to share with you. I’d also like to think my photos have improved since last time!


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Post from This Little Space of Mine


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection

Before I get started I should mention that I know there’s a lot of conversation about colour preferences for babies; some like gender neutral and hate stereotypes like girls in pink, some don’t like dark colours on babies, as two examples. I’m sure there are lots more. With that in mind, I’ve gone for some gender specific ideas, gender neutral ideas, brights and a little darker tones too. I hope there’s something for everyone and, let’s face it, that’s the joy of the Stylecraft Special DK range – there’s something for everyone!


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Duck Egg, Storm Blue, Sherbet, Cloud Blue and Silver. Post from This Little Space of Mine


1. Duck Egg, Storm Blue, Sherbet, Cloud Blue and Silver. Kicking off this post with a baby boy inspired colour scheme, thinking of my friend in mind as she’s expecting a boy. I’d avoided going for anything too bright here and instead focused on softer colours with the Storm Blue shade bringing it all together. Grey’s also work well with blue so I added in Silver, plus the Duck Egg shade has a blue/grey feel to it.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Parma Violet, Soft Peach, Candyfloss, Apricot and Cream. Post from This Little Space of Mine


2. Parma Violet, Soft Peach, Candyfloss, Apricot and Cream. By complete contrast to the first idea, here’s a collection of colours with a baby girl in mind. I’ve again opted for soft colours, which are always popular for a baby, and I’ve added in a contrast in the Parma Violet shade. Looking back I’m not convinced it’s entirely worked and the Candyfloss and Soft Peach shades are the standout colours for me.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Grass Green, Citron, Shrimp, Sunshine and Cloud Blue. Post from This Little Space of Mine


3. Grass Green, Citron, Shrimp, Sunshine and Cloud Blue. How about this for gender neutral? I love this collection and how bright it is. I feels like a safari or beach type collection of colours and I love how the colours work together. You’ve got Citron and Sunshine for the summer feeling, Grass Green for a grassy, woodland vibe and Cloud Blue and Shrimp for the seaside. I’m not sure it’d work for a winter baby, but for this time of year it’s an absolute winner and my favourite of the 5 ideas in this post.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Parchment, Soft Peach, Cream, Duck Egg and Stone. Post from This Little Space of Mine


4. Parchment, Soft Peach, Cream, Duck Egg and Stone. I love this collection and feel like it’s a good middle ground between neutral and gender specific – with the inclusion of the Duck Egg and Soft Peach shades. The natural tones of these shades, with Stone and Parchment, feels cosy and suited to a newborn baby and there’s a vibe of the classic neapolitan ice cream about it. Certainly one of the softer collections in this post, this could be used for a baby gift all year round.


Baby colour scheme ideas using Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Mustard, Lobelia, Fondant, Teal and Empire. Post from This Little Space of Mine


5. Mustard, Lobelia, Fondant, Teal and Empire. I’d say this feels like a more ‘grown up’ baby colour scheme. The colours are quite rich, as well as having a couple of bright tones in the Mustard and Fondant shades, but they’re balanced well with the other colours. The reason I like this collection of colours for a baby is because it feels warm, the warmth of the Lobelia and Teal especially stood out and this makes for a great gender neutral colour scheme. Plus, babies aside I want this is my home!

What do you think? Any standout colour schemes that catch your eye?

I should also mention that I chose Stylecraft Special DK (again) for this post because a) I love their range of colours but b) the yarn washes up really well, which is just what you need for a baby! In terms of where to buy it, there are lots of online and bricks and mortar shops that stock it though I tend to buy from Wool Warehouse as it’s affordable and their delivery is pretty quick!

If you fancy catching up on previous Stylecraft colour scheme posts, here are a couple of links you might like:

Thanks for reading, and do let me know if you have a favourite.

Leanne x

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Making Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers from Mollie Makes

Hello! So in the last week I’ve shared a travel post and a marketing post… so it’s well and truly time to get back to something crafty! So today I’m sharing with you a recent make – Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers (the pattern is from Mollie Makes).

Confession time: I love foxes. I don’t know what it is about them, something about them being the underdog and disliked by many, but I think they’re beautiful. There seems to be a lot of fox paraphernalia around these days, which I generally don’t like (remember when it was owls?!), but I couldn’t resist Sincerely Louise‘s fox slippers pattern when it popped up in Mollie Makes issue 61 just before Christmas.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Before I get started, if you haven’t heard of Sincerely Louise’s before, she has a book called Faux Taxidermy Knits available which contains… well, exactly as the title suggests. The knits look like a lot of fun to make and I love Louise’s style.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Sincerely Louise’s fox slippers

Here are a few work in progress pics from my Instagram feed

You’ll need:


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


While the pattern suggested you could carry the yarn when a shade isn’t in use, I was concerned I’d catch my feet in them over time so bravely decided to give intarsia a go. I’ve tried it maybe twice before and was pretty nervous but after watching a couple of YouTube videos and just getting on with it, I was pleased with the end result. It’s in no way perfect and I could definitely improve, but it wasn’t a disaster.

I should also mention that reading the instructions is so important; I bought the yarn and was about to start and then realised the pattern was for size 6, when I’m size 4.5/5. Oops. The pattern even gives you alternative yarn ideas for smaller sizes but silly me it was a bit late for that, so I opted to go for 2.5mm and 3mm knitting needles – swapping 3.5mm for 3mm. A little risky but thankfully they fit me perfectly.

When I made the first slipper I found I spent a lot of time detangling threads of yarn compared to just knitting. I was working with a total of five threads of yarn (2 cream and 3 in orange), so it was kind of the inevitable but really put me off starting the second slipper. After a bit of a google and asking on Instagram I found knitters often use embroidery bobbins and boy what a difference it made! There was still a little bit of tangling, but nothing compared to the first time around. Definitely a top tip; someone also suggested used a peg, which could work in the same way.

In terms of the yarn I used, I’d never heard of Bergere De France before and found it soft and easy to work with. It reminded me of the MillaMia soft aran I recently worked with, though the two are blended very differently.


Making Sincerely Louise's fox slippers - pattern from Mollie Makes - using Bergere De France Ideal yarn to knit these slippers. Post via This Little Space of Mine


So that’s it. Aren’t they cute? I haven’t stopped wearing them!

Oh and if you love foxes as much as I do, be sure to let me know and also check out my fox themed Pinterest board.

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What’ve you been making recently? A big thanks to Mollie Makes and Sincerely Louise for this slipper pattern!

Leanne x

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MillaMia Elika Wristwarmers from Finishing Touch

As the colder weather doesn’t seem to be letting up, I’m still wearing my MillaMia wristwarmers that I made for myself over Christmas. I’ve worked with MillaMia merino yarn before, when I made this adorable baby hat, but I was curious about using their soft aran yarn and picked up a couple of balls alongside their Finishing Touch book back when I went to The Knitting and Stitching show in October 2014 – yep, it’s taken me this long to make them! I’ll use this post to talk through how I made them and how you can make them too.


MillaMia Wristwarmers from Finishing Touch book - cable knitting with aran yarn - This Little Space of Mine


You’ll need:


MillaMia Wristwarmers from Finishing Touch book - cable knitting with aran yarn - This Little Space of Mine


MillaMia Wristwarmers

Before I get started, I have to say that these were incredibly quick to work up; I sat and made them over the Christmas holidays and completed them within a couple of days. While cable knitting had been something I was wary of before, once I got going and you get yourself into a rhythm with it, it’s straightforward and an enjoyable pattern to work with. Plus, the stitch looks great and I love the depth it gives. I’d only ever tried cabling once before, when I made this cowl, so the pattern isn’t too complex.

The yarn itself is smooth to work with and glides through the needles; having worn these over the last month or so they definitely keep me warm, so a great yarn choice for the colder weather.


MillaMia Wristwarmers from Finishing Touch book - cable knitting with aran yarn - This Little Space of Mine


While I was making them I did have concerns as to whether I’d have enough of the Teal shade, so something to be wary of – had I run out I would’ve introduced the Slate shade a little sooner. There also aren’t any detailed instructions on joining, so I just put it against my hand to see where the gap for my thumb needed to be.

The great thing about these wristwarmers is that they’re unisex and MillaMia have a great selection of colours to choose from. I chose Teal and Slate, but I’m tempted to make them again in Magenta and Ochre – for a brighter make.

What do you think? Tempted to give them a go?

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions on how I made these wristwarmers do drop me a comment below. Now where is that warmer weather? I’m looking forward to spring…

Leanne x

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Wool and the Gang’s knitted Hemingway hat

One of the best things about crafts and making things is when friends and family ask you to make them something, or you get to make something to give as a gift. I never get bored of it and the people are always really appreciative of the time and effort spent. It’s like baking a cake; for me the enjoyment of baking is the actual act of making something, nine times out of ten I’m really not interested in eating it (though I’m partial to a cupcake or two!).

So when my friend Sophie asked if I’d knit her a hat to add to her ever growing collection, I couldn’t resist. Side note: Sophie is one of those friends who has been in my life since I was a teenager and, while we don’t see each other a lot, when we do everything falls back into place. Sophie’s also one of the most supportive people I know, so it was an absolute pleasure to knit for her.


Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine


Sophie selected the hat she wanted me to make and coincidentally I’d been itching to make something with Wool and the Gang‘s products for a while – great minds, ey?


Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine


Wool and the Gang’s knitted Hemingway hat

Here’s what you’ll need:

While this pattern may look tricky on first glance, it’s honestly not and was great fun to work up and took no time at all. For a large part of the hat you’ll be knitting 50 rows in 2×2 rib stitch, before you begin decreasing – so nothing too complex.

The yarn is really soft and you can tell it’s of a really good quality – I’d never worked with alpaca yarn before but now I’m sold on it! Sophie chose the colours and while grey and orange might seem a bit out there, I think it works really well and suits Sophie’s personality down to a tee.

The only fiddly bit for me was that because you’re working with three strands of yarn (2 alpaca, 1 cotton), of a significant difference in thickness, I got them tangled quite a few times. Thankfully my boyfriend was on hand to fix it for me – much to his annoyance. I have a horrible habit of doing that, so any ideas on how not to would be handy!

Here are a couple more photos for you, taken by Katie Bretherton while Sophie was on holiday in the Isle of Skye back in June this year.


Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine



Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine



Wool and the Gang's knitted Hemingway hat - This Little Space of Mine


Finally, I have to say a big thank you to Katie Bretherton for taking and allowing me to share these picks; I was over the moon to see them and think she’s done a great job at capturing one of my makes.

Leanne x

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Photo credit: Katie Bretherton

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection ‘Tomato’ shade

This week I’d planned to share some pattern ideas with you, but instead I thought I’d look at some final colour schemes for you – this time with Stylecraft Yarn’s ‘Tomato’ shade. If you fancy catching up on previous colour scheme ideas, I’ve listed the post links below for you.


Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - This Little Space of Mine


Onto ‘Tomato’ and I’ve got to ask – where did this new shade come from? Alongside the launch of the then limited edition packs, Tomato seemed to just appear out of nowhere! I don’t remember seeing a build up about it, just its arrival. That aside, obviously I wanted to get my hands on it as soon as I could.

Reds aren’t usually my kind of colours; you may have seen in previous posts that I love pinks and yellows and even blues – warmer colours, and red feels outside of my comfort zone. I don’t tend to wear red clothing either. So I knew this post would be a challenge – but playing with colours you wouldn’t normally work with has been part of the fun and I wanted to step outside the comfort zone and see how Tomato fits into the rest of Stylecraft’s collection.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn’s ‘Tomato’ shade

So here goes; in the following five ideas I’ve kept Tomato the constant but all other shades only appear once – I wanted to avoid repeating colours and use as many shades as I could.

1. Lipstick, Lime, Tomato, Storm Blue and Apricot. The first idea I put together; there was something about Storm Blue teamed with Apricot and Tomato that I really liked. It almost feels a bit Cath Kidston, don’t you think? Lipstick compliments the red of Tomato and I feel like Lime is also a good match for this shade (and I love green and pinks together!).

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Lipstick, Lime, Tomato, Storm Blue and Apricot. This Little Space of Mine


2. Saffron, Spice, Tomato, Copper and Dark Brown. I love the rainbow affect of these colours together; it feels like they get darker as it progresses. Saffron and Spice is already a great combination so I was naturally drawn to those two with Tomato. Copper and Dark Brown add further warmth to this colour collection.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Saffron, Spice, Tomato, Copper and Dark Brown. This Little Space of Mine


3. Cream, Gold, Tomato, Pistachio and Walnut. Like with Lime, as soon as I got my hands on Tomato I wanted to see how it worked with Gold; in all honesty not as well as I’d hoped, but then again once you add in Cream I quite like it. Plus the Walnut adds to it, as does Pistachio. Pistachio could also be swapped for a deeper green, but I like the lightness it adds to this collection of colours.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Cream, Gold, Tomato, Pistachio and Walnut. This Little Space of Mine


4. Sunshine, Mustard, Tomato, Teal and Sage. This collection of colours feels closest to my comfort zone, I love how bright it is without being garish and I kind of like that Tomato almost clashes with the blue/green of Teal and Sage but works because of the combinations with the yellows of Sunshine and Mustard. Again, I think there’s a bit of a gradient going on here, which seems to work with the Tomato shade.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Sunshine, Mustard, Tomato, Teal and Sage. This Little Space of Mine


5. Soft Peach, Bottle, Tomato, Silver and Claret. I realised recently that I really like Bottle, it’s so rich and when it’s combined with a red like Tomato or Claret it seems to come to life and add depth to the shade. Here Soft Peach and Silver soften the colours. For some reason I was desperate to combine Tomato with a grey shade; I tried Graphite but it didn’t seem to work, but I think Silver works when added alongside Claret and Bottle.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK 'Tomato' shade - Soft Peach, Bottle, Tomato, Silver and Claret. This Little Space of Mine


What do you think? Any favourites that spring to mind? Surprinsingly number two is my favourite, followed by four. While four are more ‘my’ colours, I struggle to think how it’d work as a blanket, cushion etc. Whereas two could be used in lots of ways.

Thank you for reading – I hope this gives you some ideas for how to use Stylecraft’s newest colour! See you next week for some crafty ideas on how to put these colours to good use…

Leanne x

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Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection (part 2)

Hello, how are you? Today I’m excited to share with you the third part of my series looking at Stylecraft Yarn and their (not so limited) 10 new colours. In case you missed it, here are links to the previous posts:


Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - This Little Space of Mine


To recap, the 10 new colours are, from left to right, Pistachio, Kelly Green, Empire, Boysenberry, Lobelia, Cypress, Fuchsia Purple, Grass Green, Mustard and Duck Egg.


A first look at Stylecraft's limited edition yarn pack, plus a few colour combinations for your knitting and crochet projects - This Little Space of Mine


As I promised, In today’s post I’m sharing 5 more Stylecraft Yarn’s colour schemes, all featuring a brand new Stylecraft colour.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn

Today’s colour schemes feature Boysenberry, Kelly Green, Cypress, Empire, Mustard and Grass Green.

1. Midnight, Fondant, Boysenberry, Kelly Green, Saffron, Spice and Claret. The variety of these colours is a winner for me; there’s blue, green, pink, yellow, orange and even a bit of red. The Kelly Green shade brings it all together; Midnight, Fondant and Boysenberry are great together, as are Saffron, Spice and Claret.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Midnight, Fondant, Boysenberry, Kelly Green, Saffron, Spice and Claret. This Little Space of Mine


2. Storm Blue, Grape, Cypress, Stone, Meadow and Sage. This one certainly challenged me; I’m often drawn to pinks and bright colours, so thinking up a combination for Cypress took some time! I like to think of this as grown up and actually, now I look at it, I like this colour scheme a lot.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Calming and relaxin colours - Storm Blue, Grape, Cypress, Stone, Meadow and Sage. This Little Space of Mine


3. Cloud Blue, Pomegranate, Empire, Fondant and Spring Green. Love this! Now these are definitely more my colours. Empire is very bright and gets even brighter when you pair it with Pomegranate, but the Cloud Blue and Spring Green help to soften it.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Colours that go pop - bright and summery colours - Cloud Blue, Pomegranate, Empire, Fondant and Spring Green. This Little Space of Mine


4. Walnut, Lime, Bottle, Mustard, Burgundy, Copper and Stone. This has autumn written all over it, doesn’t it? I pushed myself away from pinks and blues and tried to think of Mustard as autumnal. Walnut and Lime are a great combination and the richness of Bottle works well in this colour scheme.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Autumnal colours - Walnut, Lime, Bottle, Mustard, Burgundy, Copper and Stone. This Little Space of Mine


5. Sunshine, Royal, Grass Green, Jaffa and Fiesta. After my first post on the new collection I’ve had a lot of comments from crafters who were surprised at just how bright Grass Green is – and I have to agree. It definitely has it’s place, so here I went to town and put it with the loudest colours I possibly could!

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection. Lots of brights - Sunshine, Royal, Grass Green, Jaffa and Fiesta. This Little Space of Mine


What do you think? Any favourites that spring to mind? I quite like how grown up number two is, though the brightness of 3 has won me over!

Thank you again for reading and for all the lovely feedback I received on my first colour scheme post last week, I hope you’ve enjoyed this part of the series. See you next week for some crafty ideas on how to put these colours to good use…

Leanne x

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Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn’s Special DK collection (part 1)

Exciting news – after talking last week about Stylecraft’s limited edition yarn pack they have since announced they’ll be putting all of the shortlisted colours on sale, permanently. Yay!

In today’s post I wanted to carry on the series of looking at Stylecraft Yarn’s newest colours by thinking about potential colour schemes for these 10 colours. I have 5 to share with you today and 5 to share next week, followed by a bonus post a week later; stay tuned!


Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - This Little Space of Mine


The 10 new colours are, from left to right, Pistachio, Kelly Green, Empire, Boysenberry, Lobelia, Cypress, Fuchsia Purple, Grass Green, Mustard and Duck Egg.


A first look at Stylecraft's limited edition yarn pack, plus a few colour combinations for your knitting and crochet projects - This Little Space of Mine


Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn

So after ‘pegging’ all the new colours, ala Lucy from Attic 24 (that woman is a genius!) I put off housework and life admin to sit and play with colour schemes for an hour (or maybe two!). The rule I set myself was simple, include a least one of the new shades in the combinations I was putting together; it challenged me to go beyond the colours I’m naturally drawn to and the exercise has made me want to make all the things!

Today’s first colour schemes feature Lobelia, Duck Egg, Kelly Green, Fuchsia Purple, Mustard and Pistachio.

1. Soft peach, Clematis, Lobelia, Lavender and Candyfloss. I wouldn’t say I’m normally drawn to purples but there’s something about Lobelia and how it comes to life when it’s surrounded by other colours that I really love. Not just purple; I put it with a couple of greens and liked it, as well as a yellow – as it can suddenly look quite blue. It could become a real staple part of the range, what do you think?

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Purple colour scheme - Soft Peach, Clematis, Lobelia, Lavender and Candyfloss. This Little Space of Mine


2. Grey, Cream, Duck Egg, White and Silver. Here I was really losing the light (sorry), so this photo isn’t as bright as I would like, but I put this colour scheme together when thinking about icy mornings in the winter; pale and grey but also bright. It feels cuddly as a combination and I only wish Duck Egg had been available when I was making my sky blanket last year!    

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Blue white winter colour scheme - Grey, Cream, Duck Egg, White and Silver. This Little Space of Mine


3. Saffron, Sunshine, Kelly Green, Spring Green and Citron. On the flip side, this colour scheme came to life when I thought about the first signs of spring. Spring Green, especially, is one of my favourite colours and I like it paired with Citron; the Kelly Green shade also complimenting it. I made a baby blanket last year in Spring Green and my biggest regret was giving it away; I don’t have a baby (obviously) but I just love the colour and was so proud of the blanket I knitted. Sunshine and Kelly Green are quite vibrant, but the addition of the other three colours softens it.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Yellow green spring colour scheme - Saffron, Sunshine, Kelly Green, Spring Green and Citron. This Little Space of Mine


4. Teal, Burgundy, Fuchsia Purple, Mustard, Spice and Soft Peach. Scrummy colours, this was inspired by Attic 24’s cosy blanket; these shades combined feels warm and bright and makes me instantly happy. Burgundy is quite rich and is brightened up by Fuchsia Purple but works really well with Teal too. For me, Mustard and pink is a colour scheme I’ve been wanting for ages so this is one of the first combinations I put together! The Soft Peach may seem a little weaker in comparison, but compliments well and looks good with every other shade.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Bright cosy colour scheme - Teal, Burgundy, Fuchsia Purple, Mustard, Spice and Soft Peach. This Little Space of Mine


5. Citron, Fondant, Pistachio, Candyfloss and Apricot. And finally, this is a lot softer than above, but a similar lines with the yellow, pink and soft Pistachio colour. This is gorgeous, feminine and I can see it as a cuddly blanket on a bed. I can’t get over how much I love these shades combined; I think it could work well as a baby blanket or, even more extreme, how cool would a striped cardigan or jumper look in these colours? Bit out there, perhaps?! Still love this.

Colour scheme ideas for Stylecraft Yarn's Special DK collection - Colourful and feminine colour scheme - Citron, Fondant, Pistachio, Candyfloss and Apricot. This Little Space of Mine


What do you think? Any favourites that spring to mind? I think number 5, with Pistachio, might be my favourite.

Oh finally, if you fancy getting your hands on any colours featured I tend to buy all of my Stylecraft yarn from Wool Warehouse. There are lots of shops (online and otherwise) that sell this collection, but I’ve always been impressed with Wool Warehouse’s speedy delivery service.

Thank you for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve put together. See you next week for the second part of these colour scheme ideas!

Leanne x

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A first look at Stylecraft Yarn’s limited edition pack

It’s been a long time coming, but finally this month Stylecraft have released their limited edition yarn park – three of which have become ‘permanent’ colours. Obviously I was giddy about getting my hands on these and ordered two packs as soon as they were available – thank you Wool Warehouse for your speedy delivery as always!


A first look at Stylecraft's limited edition yarn pack, plus a few colour combinations for your knitting and crochet projects - This Little Space of Mine


A first look at Stylecraft Yarn’s limited edition pack

There are 10 colours in this collection, from left to right, Pistachio, Kelly Green, Empire, Boysenberry, Lobelia, Cypress, Fuchsia Purple, Grass Green, Mustard and Duck Egg.

I was sad Mustard didn’t make the cut as a permanent colour; the voting was so popular that Stylecraft decided to launch three and so I was sure Mustard and Duck Egg would be the most popular, but instead the permanently available colours are Duck Egg, Lobelia and Grass Green. Don’t get me wrong, I love these colours, but playing around with them all it feels like Mustard and Pistachio are more rounded and work with a lot of Stylecraft’s existing range. I’ll be sad when they’re no longer on sale.

I’m not quite sure about the two pinks, Boysenberry and Fuchsia Purple, while I love pinks there are quite a few in the collection already. I would so love to see which colours are Stylecraft’s top sellers – hint hint, tell me tell me! Haha, I can dream. On the flip side I’m pleased to see the addition of more greens, in the shape of Pistachio, Kelly Green, Cypress and Grass Green. On the subject of Grass Green is a lot brighter than I thought it’d be and really comes to life with the likes of Jaffa and Bright Pink.

While I also wasn’t initially drawn to Lobelia (purples just aren’t my colour), I actually really like how warm it is and how it brings other colours to life. It feels like it’ll be one of those ‘staple’ colours that works with a lot of other combinations. Finally, Cypress, Duck Egg and Pistachio feel like they work well with other recently added colours, Sage, Parma Violet and Storm Blue.


A first look at Stylecraft's limited edition yarn pack, plus a few colour combinations for your knitting and crochet projects - This Little Space of Mine


Oh, and while all of this was going on, the Stylecraft team also added Tomato to the collection. I must get my hands on this soon!

You can pick up a pack of Stylecraft Yarn’s limited edition pack over here for £10.99 – note all 10 balls of yarn are 50g instead of the usual 100g.

What do you think of the limited edition pack? Favourite colour? Any colours you dislike? I’m always curious to know which colours people are naturally more drawn to.

I’m off to drown in colourful yarn pegs; I’m in the middle preparing a post for next week on colour schemes you can put together with this pack and Stylecraft’s existing range – watch this space!

Thank you for reading this post!

Leanne x

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The story of the knitted sky blanket


The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine


My sky blanket is finished! I want to shout from the rooftops – Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music style. 14 months of knitting and I have a beautiful blanket that I will treasure for years to come and look at with a smile on my face.

To do justice to this project I want to share the story and photos of how my blanket grew. It makes for a bit of a read, so I’ll forgive you if you just want to scan through the photos!


The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine



The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine


First things first, what is a sky blanket? Adapted from Laura at Bugs and Fishes blanket, the idea was simply to knit a square every day for a year based on the colour of the sky at midday. With a pallet of 5 colours I could pick 2 different colours or 2 of the same. I opted to use Stylecraft Special DK, as it’s affordable, durable and kind to work with. Based on Laura’s concept, I opted for White, Dark Grey, Silver, Aster and Cloud Blue. It’s all down to interpretation of the colour of the sky, so I ended up rarely using Dark Grey.

Each square was made using Moss stitch; a beautiful stitch and while a little time consuming, I’m so pleased I decided to challenge myself to use this stitch. Using 6mm knitting needles I cast on 16 stitches and worked 22 rows before casting off. For a full tutorial head over to my old blog for a step-by-step guide. Each square measured approximately 10x10cm, so the completed blanket comfortably covers a double bed. A row accounts for 18 squares, across 21 rows.

I spent a total of £67.60 on 40 balls of yarn – 12 in White, 5 in Dark Grey, 11 in Silver, 5 in Aster and 7 in Cloud Blue. That being said, I had a few balls of yarn left over which I’ve now given to my friend Tam for her crochet 2015 sky blanket. Is that a lot of money? I don’t think it is; you only have to look at the cost of throws on the high street to know how costly they can be.

Still with me? Cool, thanks. Here’s the story, broken down into each quarter of the year and with lots of photos as the blanket grew…

January – March 2014

The beginning of any project is the most exciting and, teamed up with the cold weather, I really enjoyed seeing the blanket begin to grow. Completing the first row of 18 squares was a big deal and I couldn’t wait for the next day so I could knit the next square. I was talking to a sky blanket group on Ravelry and my friends Ella, Charlie and I were all working on our own style blanket. I’d get excited about new colour combinations too – light blue and light grey being my favourite.


The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine


By the end of March I’d finished five rows, Freds had fallen in love with it (the inevitable) but was starting to get frustrated that it wasn’t a project I would ever be able to keep up with.


The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine



The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine


April – June 2014

At the beginning of April friends and I stayed in a cottage in Cornwall for a week and it gave me a good chance to relax and catch up. April 11th marked 100 squares in and I was definitely feeling more positive – especially with more and more blue skies appearing on my squares. I also got myself featured on Love Knitting’s blog talking about crafting and my sky blanket.


The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine


Sunshine also meant that I fell behind as the idea of knitting in the warmer weather wasn’t appealing…

July – September 2014

This period of the year was without a doubt the hardest; the idea of touching yarn, let alone knitting with two strands of yarn in the height of summer was stomach turning. You know that feeling of putting jeans on, on the hottest day of the year? That. So for that reason I fell quite far behind and lacked any motivation to knit. Though strangely when we were in Italy I did get a few squares done while sitting by the beautiful Lake Como.


The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine


Plus, though it may have been harder to knit it was also lovely to have so many blue squares made. And July 19th marked the 200th day of my sky blanket.

October – December 2014

Between these final few months of the year I actually started to begin to feel quite proud of what I’d achieved. I’d fallen quite far behind but just accepted that I would eventually finish it, even if it wasn’t at the end of 2014. Knowing I was close to the end spurred me on and I really noticed how much faster I was able to knit – which I’ve noticed even more as I’ve made other things this year.


Skyblanket update - This Little Space of Mine





Skyblanket update - This Little Space of Mine



And a few more photos for you…


The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine



The story of the sky blanket - This Little Space of Mine


Wow, what a project! I may have been quite negative about it at times, but boy oh boy am I proud of it. My proudest moment was taking the blanket (with about 2 rows to go) to show to my Nan and Grandad. Both were full of compliments and love for it; they mean the world to me and I was over the moon to hear their kind words. Full of love.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported me while I was making it! That might sound a little over the top, but seriously, all those words of encouragement and admiration for what I was doing made all the difference at those moments where I wasn’t feeling very positive about it.

Fancy taking on a project like this one day?! I’ve previously written some top tips for taking on a year long craft project, based on my experiences with the sky blanket.

Thanks for reading!


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